Fresh Eggs vs. Store Bought Eggs — Dancing with Chickens

  So as we know, store-bought eggs can’t even compare to fresh eggs, even if the eggs are from the finest commercial egg farms. When you know where your eggs come from and what the hens were fed, you really learn to appreciate the taste and the source more. Recently I noticed that fresh egg […]

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A Winter Treat for Chickens

Chicken work hard during the winter to stay warm.  This treat will help keep them and also give them a nutrition boost. Ingredients: Meat fat – You can use Beef or Goat meat fat that you might have stored. Chicken scratch – Something containing corn would be ideal since it will help to raise their […]

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Growing Fodder Over The Winter

Over the winter, while there is no grass, you can grow fodder to help feed your chickens and rabbits.  It provides an excellent source of protein and fiber.  But what is fodder? Fodder is a term used for food such as plants that is given to livestock rather than having them forage for food.  You can […]

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Getting Eggs Over The Winter

Chickens usually slow down or even stop laying eggs over the winter but one homesteader is sharing what is keeping her hens laying eggs in the middle of January. You might be surprised to know that it does not include keeping a light so that the hens think that their are more day light hours.  […]

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Put Your Pigs and Chickens to Work!!

Many times we just think of chickens and pigs as meat and egg sources, however many homesteaders put their farm animals to work.  One undesired trait of pigs is that they tear up the ground but not all types of pigs do this. For those who would like help with preparing the soil before gardening […]

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What a Family of 4 Really Needs For a Self Reliant Homestead

Starting a homestead is an exciting and beautiful thing, so much so that many can go over board on animals and find that it is too much for them to maintain.  This article will focus on just looking at your family needs without getting too excited and going over board.  So what does a family […]

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Permaculture – Eliminate Chicken Feed Cost

Could it be possible to eliminate chicken feed costs?  Have you ever thought of letting your chicken feed off of your compost pile?  There are several videos saying that this is a great way to reduce or even eliminate your cost on chicken feed.  They will eat worms for protein as well as grains. Here […]

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Breeding Chickens For Flock Maintenance

There is an ongoing trend in the homesteading community where people choose to buy 50 or so chickens for the year to raise and then butcher for meet.  This takes any where between 9 to 12 weeks depending on the breed before it is time to harvest them. Many choose to do things this way […]

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What About Raising Quail?

Quails are beautiful birds that are kept in the homestead for meat and eggs.  While it is smaller than a chicken there are still several reasons why one would want to try raising quail on the homestead. Eggs – While their eggs are smaller, they are great egg layers.  They start laying eggs at about […]

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Tools For Processing Chickens

If you are going to process a large amount of meat chickens, having all of the equipment needed to process them is important. Some of them may include a killing cone, a cleaning table, a scolding hot pot and an automatic chicken plucker. Living Traditions Homestead has put together a video showing the equipment that […]

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